A talented second-year student is paving his way in the performance arts industry as he prepares to perform in his first major out-of-school show.
The Waterfront Theatre School (WTS) student, Chad Baai will be joining the cast of David Kramer’s Danger in the Dark that opens at the Baxter Theatre on Friday 11 October and will run until Saturday 2 November.
The 20-year-old multi-talented actor, dancer and a singer says: “I am truly blessed, and I am looking forward to learning from this experience.”
He has big dreams for his future and is ready to work hard to fulfil them.
His passion for performance art started at a young age when he began performing regularly at the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Belhar. When Chad completed his matric in 2017, he did not doubt that he wanted to pursue a career in art.
The opportunity to be part of the musical theatre show, through the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg confirmed it all.
He says he joined the cast as Tyrone Jackson in a production titled Fame the Musical. In 2018, he enrolled at WTS and doors started opening for him.
His early career has thus far included a trip to Moscow in Russia with the WTS cast to perform in the annual Brics drama festival last year. He is also part of the school’s local shows.
“I can’t see myself doing anything else. I hope to be a well-rounded and versatile performer,” he says.
Once he steps onto the stage, all uncertainties disappear and he becomes filled with the joy of being able to do what he loves, he says.
He admits that the journey was not always a smooth ride.
“This industry comes with many challenges emotionally, physically and mentally but I stay on track and persevere.
“Give me a stage, some lights and a good story to tell and I will be good to go,” Chad concludes.